Whether you are a professional artist or simply an enthusiast, chances are you have an ever growing collection of lipsticks. You know how much space these can take up, and how quickly they will take over your kit. Not to mention they roll around, the lids come off, they get twisted up and smashed against the top, and their round shape just makes them bulky and awkward to store.
My kit had a drawer just lined with lipsticks and glosses. Whenever I would take it to jobs, just the car ride alone could destroy my newly organized drawer. I recently went through my kit and thew away many older products that I never used, had expired, etc. This included many lipsitcks, and I decided it was finally time to depot the remaining ones to conserve space as I rebuilt my inventory.
I purchased a case from Vueset, which are made from a very hard and durable plastic that can withstand heavy weight and pressure. They are damn near impossible to break, so your precious lipsticks will be kept safe. They make many different styles, which can be used for storing small pieces and tools. The particular model that I got was the Tahiti, which is a 24 slot design. This is the most commonly used for lipstick, due to having the most sections, which are evenly sized and big enough to fit nearly a full tube of lipstick.
Using my metal spatula, I removed small bits at a time and spread them across the bottom and in the corners of the given section, making sure any and all air pockets were removed. Bit by bit I added the whole tube, mixing it up with the spatula to make a creamy consistency that made it easier to level out. Then I just cleaned up the borders and had a new, custom lipstick palette!
I have heard that some artists will place the palette in a lightly warmed oven, to melt the lipstick. This levels them out and allows for more space, since more air can be released this way. However, I can't say I was keen on the idea, so I just mixed them very well with the spatula. When it comes time to use the lipstick, just scoop a little bit out to put on y our palette!
The end result is cleaner, much more professional, and saves so much space in your kit. This takes up about as much space as like 5 or 6 lipstick tubes, but fits nearly 5 times that many! It is great being able to see all of your shades, it takes some of the guesswork out for those tubes that do not clearly show the color. An additional perk is that you can use tape, or even a label maker, and put the names of each shade on the bottom. That way you know what each one is, for when it comes time to refill, or if you have a client who loves the shade you selected for them.
Trust me, whether for your kit or for the overabundance of lipsticks that have taken over your bathroom counter, this thing is the bee's knees. I definitely consider it to be a must have, and highly recommend checking out their other styles as well. They are perfect for storing small makeup and hair tools, depotting foundations or other cream products, and much more. Some even have an assortment of sizing so that you can mix and match. They are sturdy and stackable, and will help you significantly consolidate your product.